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i feel very shame because i own the german super europe and the refugee crisis insights into the past. week and. this is the w. news live from berlin gunmen attacked a church in southwest pakistan killing at least eight and wounding dozens to attack is talk at a methodist church in quite a with hundreds of worship the us will go live to islamabad for more also coming up
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. corruption and scandal have placed the a.n.c. is currently at a south african president jacob zuma now the contest to select his successor threatens to split the posse. and australian police arrest a man accused of acting as an agent on behalf of north korea they say he tried to broker the sale of missile components in cold to third parties in indonesia and vietnam. and had an arm free thanks for joining me we begin in pakistan where a suicide attack on a church service has left at least eight people dead and more than a dozen wounded the two gunmen targeted a methodist church in quechua in the south west of the country hundreds of worshippers were gathered in the church at the time of the attack but he said all the troops surrounded the church and exchanged fire with the heavily armed
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militants before one of the attackers blew himself up so-called islamic state has claimed responsibility for the attack. well joining us now on the line from islamabad is genest assad asked that the so-called islamic states claim responsibility for this attack how credible is that while absolutely so that that's just come in through there a mock news agency where they have released a short statement claiming that they had sent two attackers to this church now the credibility of these claims that have come in several times before is almost impossible to verify islamic state has done this often where when it's a tactic space and when it hasn't been playing in the hours that follow it they will release a statement that doesn't make them in some way usually the only way to corroborate whether they were actually involved if a second statement comes in later in the day which often will have pictures of the attackers or will have some sort of video statement that kind of corroborates an actual physical link to the operational planning of this attack we do know that
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islamic state has carried out attacks or the so-called islamic state has carried out attacks in baluchistan before through local affiliates known as the last cottage and we and other me where so far hearing nothing from that group saying that they were involved in this so we will have to wait and see whether or not this is really a credible claim all right well we're still learning more about the attack at this stage what's the latest you can tell us about the situation on the ground. well at the moment now it seems that the area has been completely cured the police and army have finished their searching for an operations following the attack which occurred somewhere around midday services today on sunday eight seen two attackers workers attempting to gain entry into the compound they were first pretended by the guard who was at the gate that guard was killed by one of them and then the other attackers began to fire as they came into the the into the main hall or tried to access the main hall police with an alerted and opened fire upon them one suicide attacker then blew up his vest another was unable to blow up his vest but then was
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continuing to fire for a short while later he was then killed by police as well most of the injuries and the deaths that we've seen have come from we're hearing from the shattered glass and windows that were blown up from the force of the explosion that was outside the church itself and blew that debris into into the church and the worshippers so as of now it seems that the chief of police has said that search operations are over and they have secured the area as had our attacks on the christian minority comment in this region yes absolutely we've seen unfortunately a number of attacks are going all the fatah sounds minorities including christians in the last few years christians have always been a soft target in this country as they are is the number more than in the millions really impacts on there about one point eight percent of the population and so there are hundreds of churches across the country and police say that it's while they do it tend to security at time particularly at times like these in the run up to christmas it's almost impossible to secure all of them one of the biggest attacks that we saw was last year of course near easter there was a bombing at
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a park that was claimed by the pakistani taliban that killed more than seventy five people and was one of the deadliest attacks that year that was dark getting a festival that was being organized for mainly for christians to celebrate easter but they were muslims and all other pakistanis at that park as well this was in the eastern city of lahore we've seen other attacks as well in the last few years generalist in islamabad thank you. in south africa the party that ended apartheid is confronting its future at a conference of the african national congress current leader and south african president jacob zuma is hoping to bring his party together zuma himself faces ongoing corruption allegations in office since two thousand and nine this is likely to be his last term siemens deputy and his ex-wife of the top contenders looking to succeed him. for more on this i'm joined in the studio by d.w.
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christine christine will we find out today who the next party leader will be all while we wait with bated breath and unfortunately in our streets to seem has come from the parties diffuse a pretty general to say because of the delays that we've seen pretty much since the start of this conference they only finalized the credentials early that late this morning essentially that's the procedure that must take place before voting can actually commence there were issues about certain delegates who were who were who were given to criticize who people had issue with and then there were some delegates who claim they could not be a creative side for the conference so there was a lot of issues around that so the bet we understand has been finalized but hell more delays so we're going to have to wait until probably tomorrow morning at the latest to get the issues delays the divisions are already stark within the a.n.c. just this potentially spell the beginning of the end for the party and if you had made that statement two years ago we would have talked about it being potentially
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sensationalist but we are in a new territory with the a.n.c. jacob zuma leadership of this party has brought us to a place that we've not seen before going into this there were eight presidential candidates people vying for this top job in the secretary general of the party said that was a decorative of just how deeply rooted the divisions within this party were at an all time low with its partners the a.n.c. is that right now one of its partners the the south african communist party refuses to have. is it in zuma address it's congress's so this is where we are at this party deeply divided a lot of faction is factions and people say that the threat of the split is real now more than it's ever been the threat of a split and it's certainly a tight race that we're seeing here at the top it is telling of the two top candidates so you've got some courses on it and it's stupid decision she's a woman she's held several big portfolios in south africa's cabinet including interior minister most recently she was the chairperson of the african union the
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perfect politician she's a woman and that's what people in politics are calling for right now in south africa the challenge she has is he's affiliated with jacob zuma he endorsed her and the problem with her is that people feel that if she takes over as n.c. president at potentially the president of south africa in two thousand and nineteen she will shield zuma from the prosecution that people say he needs to see that he needs to face his day in court we've had various ports in south africa saying he's breached the constitution people want him to be held to account people also feel that his style of politics will simply play out through her then you've got his deputies sorum of course or who by the way was meant to succeed nelson mandela way back when but has now come back he's been in business he's come back into politics he said he is ready to assume the role of leaving the country his challenges this is one of the richest men in the country a lot of black south africans look at him and think you're too closely affiliated with a white monopoly capital racist and a massive thing in south african society and so serious critics are very quick to remind the public that sort of was that is so rich and he will only do the bill of
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the bidding of the western world for example all white people who by and large still hold south africa's wealth now we saw that final speech from jacob zuma in the capacity as leader of the air and say he admitted failings of the party how was it received well here's the thing so you talked about the failings of the party he talked about the failings of of government at large even but he didn't take any of the blame he allocated the blame to everybody and anybody else but himself and people felt that that was a moment that indeed. could have taken to say this is where the i got a drawing this is where it could be improved but he simply has the blame to to the alliance partners to certain members who had even taken the party to court he scolded people for allowing external forces and influences within the posse and people are saying as the leader of the party you presided over a boss that has disintegrated to the point that we see that the divisions that we see today the corruption levels he chose to draw the dwell on private sector corruption and merely glancing over a public safety program in which is crippling that country's economy and and
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keeping investment away christine thanks as ever since then and. now to some of the other stories making news around the world the united nations security council is considering a draft resolution rejecting any change to the status of jerusalem and takes towns reportedly been drawn up by egypt in response to the decision by u.s. president donald trump to recognize the city as the capital of israel the united states is expected to veto any such resolution. today has declared a disaster zone at the site of a village destroyed by a month's light heavy rain caused a river to overflow the side of a hill to collapse killing at least five people rescue workers is searching through the debris for about a dozen missing people and when a team of astronauts has blasted off for the international space station from the baikonur cosmodrome in kazakhstan the three crew members making the journey from
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japan russia and the united states that mission will last six months. police in australia have arrested a man for allegedly acting as a quote economic agent for north korea he's accused of attempting to broker sales of missile technology in cold to third parties in indonesia and vietnam a naturalized australian citizen of korean descent is the first person to be charged under the country's weapons of mass destruction act. the police have called it a case like nothing ever seen on a stray in soil sydney resident chan hand choice stands accused of working as an economic an agent for north korea he allegedly used encrypted messages to try and broker sales of illegal exports including missile parts and technology in an effort to raise money for pyongyang astray and prime minister malcolm turnbull delivered a stern warning to anyone thinking of assisting north korea. north korea is
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a dangerous reckless criminal regime threatening the pace of the region it is vitally important that all nations work relate closely to enforce those sanctions because the more economic pressure that can be brought on north korea the soon will that regime will be brought to its senses if it's five showing yang to expand its intercontinental missile capabilities have excel aerated in recent months resulting in a tightening of economic sanctions a strain federal police assistant commissioner neil gown told reporters that the case is a sign those measures are having an effect. by seeley's an economic engine on behalf of north korea there's nothing to suggest he's doing anything but that is doing it of a patriotic purpose you know i think at the end of day he would so whatever he could to to mike money back to the north korean government i think it does go to show that the sanctions are born in the fact that we've got people involved in these top of activities that police believe chan hang choi's illicit deals could
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have netted north korea tens of millions of dollars in much needed revenue. and the united states authorities have ordered new evacuations in parts of california as a massive wildfire continues to spread face winds have pushed the inferno closer to santa barbara and want to cheeto with thousands of homes threatened by the place. more than seven hundred homes have been engulfed by these flames. and nest a place reaches the city of. its residents could only pray for the best. the fire has been devastating california for two weeks and has now become the third largest wildfire the state has ever recorded. the firefighters have been battling around the clock but strong winds are keeping that extremely difficult. at the firefighters were facing last night were
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the expected the sundowners to hit somewhere between two am four am so north pushing the fire back downhill so extremely. humid is being. very very hazardous firefighting facing a high threat tens of thousands in some parts of santa barbara and venturer have been forced to leave their homes and smoke has blotted out the county sploofus skies. authorities say the wind has shifted in the firefighters favor but so far only forty percent of the blaze has been contained. and a reminder now of the top stories we're following for you a suicide attack on a church service has left at least eight people dead and dozens of others wounded in southwestern pakistan to attack is targeted a methodist church in quite a while hundreds without that for a service. and australian police have arrested
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a man accused of acting as an agent on behalf of north korea the sydney resident is the first person to be charged under the weapons of mass destruction act. you're watching news from but in stay with us because the bundesliga is out in one minute time one minute time and by the now. when i'm travelling to be comfortable.

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